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On Tuesday, I attended a founder event hosted by Wefunder and Brex in New York. It was a chance for founders and investors to meet and get to know each other. And it was hopping! I spent so much time speaking to founders and other investors that I was hoarse by the end of the night. Almost every conversation began with founders explaining what their startup did or investors explaining their investment thesis. Almost every conversation…
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Biden Pushes Government to Regulate Crypto

By Vin Narayanan on March 25, 2022

President Biden signed an executive order earlier this month that directs several federal agencies to develop policies and regulations for cryptocurrencies. Mainstream media reports — and some crypto analysts — linked this development to the U.S. trying to stop Russia from…
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I never thought this day would come. I’m recommending a company that is replacing coffee with a hot beverage that is damn nearly as rich and roasty but a hundred times more healthy.  Listen, I love my coffee. I drink three to…

Data Is Eating the World

By Vin Narayanan on March 23, 2022

For more than 10 years, “software is eating the world” has been an article of faith among startup investors. Marc Andreessen — co-founder of both Netscape and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) — wrote these famous words in a blog post in…
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Crypto Insider: Microsoft Invests in Ethereum

By Early Investing on March 21, 2022

Microsoft is officially paying attention to the crypto space. The tech giant backed a recent $450 million funding round for ConsenSys, a blockchain startup founded by Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin. ConsenSys develops software that runs on the Ethereum network. And its valuation jumped to $7 billion with this…
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Crypto Monitor: The Vision and Venture Capital Behind Web3

By Early Investing on March 18, 2022

Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm known for its focus on new technologies. The firm has $28 billion in assets under management across multiple funds — including $3 billion in crypto funds. And in January, a16z said it would raise $1 billion for Web3 seed investments.

The Best Strategy for Collectibles Investing

By Vin Narayanan on March 18, 2022

Normally, it’s not big investment news when a Super Bowl-winning quarterback retires or unretires. But then, not every Super Bowl-winning quarterback is Tom Brady. Brady is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time (as a Michigan State alum, I found that sentence painful…
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Startup Insider: The Power of Luck

By Early Investing on March 17, 2022

When investors evaluate startups, they need to consider a wide range of factors. Some factors — like founder experience and financial performance — are straightforward. Others — like profit potential and scalability — are more speculative and difficult to measure. Then there’s luck. As…
I once ran a business in Asia. And the only reason I made a bit of money was because I was more lucky than business savvy.  But when I went to Thailand, I was prepared. I had a great plan. Thailand had just approved some new…
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Startup Deals for Accredited Investors Only

By Vin Narayanan on March 15, 2022

Early Investing co-founder Andy Gordon and I recently met with several founders in Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’re looking for startups that you might be interested in investing in. The startups we looked at included cutting-edge robotics companies, medtech disruptors and moonshots that could change…
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Crypto Insider: Crypto Proves Itself in Russia-Ukraine War

By Early Investing on March 14, 2022

Crypto is experiencing its first major war. And it has a big role to play. The Ukrainian government has received millions of dollars’ worth of crypto donations. It’s creating an NFT to support its military. And a growing number of Ukrainians…
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Re-Evaluating Your Crypto Holdings

By Adam Sharp on March 11, 2022

Well, this is my last update for you guys. Vin, Andy and the rest of the team will be taking over Crypto Asset Strategies going forward. You’re in good hands. Vin is an old pro by this point and made an amazing…

What to Expect in Economic Warfare

By Adam Sharp on March 11, 2022

This will be my last article for Early Investing. I have absolutely loved my time here. It’s simply time to move on. You all are in amazing hands. I’m working on a new project called Convivium…
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The five most exciting future markets are, in no particular order, robotics, medtech, fintech, energy and space/aerospace. But only one of them is harboring a big ugly secret.  And that’s the space market.  Imagine the FDA allowing companies to avoid listing harmful side effects…
Since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, the war has taken over worldwide news headlines. From the atrocities of war to human rights catastrophes, heroic acts by Ukranians and the impact of the war on the global markets, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news.
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Keeping an Eye Out for Startups That Automate Work

By Vin Narayanan on March 8, 2022

The labor market is tight. The American economy added 678,000 non-farming jobs in February as the unemployment rate fell to 3.8%. New jobless claims are at their lowest levels since the start of the…